This years-old blog article talked about testing your 3rd-party control system code using only the Halogen software. Here’s a video that steps through how to set up and use PuTTY software to monitor your PC’s IP Address, not the DSP. This lets you send and monitor Ethernet control messages to and from Halogen software – no hardware required.
If you need a break from reading, just watch this video introduction to the RAD26:
Rane’s new RAD26, a member of Rane’s HAL System provides enough audio and control I/O to support one room in a HAL audio system.
Halogen 5.0 uses the same Control Page Designer interface so you can create control pages, then assign them to Web Controls (smart phones, tablets or PC web browsers) or to one or more DR6 remotes, or to both. This tutorial video details all the steps to create pages, link controls, create user logins and assign both users and/or DR6 remotes to the suite of pages you create.
Setting up Rane’s EXP2x requires a different workflow in Halogen than all other HAL devices. In Halogen 5.0 there are only three things to do with the EXP2x. All other set up, routing, naming and troubleshooting steps require Audinate’s Dante Controller software. All parameter settings in the live Dante devices and network are pushed from Dante Controller to the EXP2x. Thus, Halogen software receives real-time updates from the network.
Here’s a video showing how the Hardware Workspace in Rane’s Halogen software shows you exactly where bad cables are located. Both the HAL hardware and the Halogen software point you toward the exact problem. And you thought software couldn’t fix two cables that were swapped by the folks who pulled the cable for you…
If you’re wondering how to effectively set up control devices and the HAL’s IP Addresses when using Halogen’s Web Controls, start here.
The controls devices such as tablets, iPads, smart phones, desktop or laptop computers are the easy part. Log them on to the WiFi (or wired) network, and be sure they are set to receive a DHCP-served IP Address (obtained automatically). This is typically the default in many gadgets these days.
HAL can use static (specified), dynamic (DHCP/obtained automatically) and/or a link-local IP address to serve the custom web pages you can create in Halogen software to the above devices.
Which IP Address to use in the HAL is often a function of the DHCP server’s capability or often the ability of the IT gal setting up the DHCP server. Continue reading
Here is how to program Halogen’s Priority Selector – found in the Zone Processor block – to automatically override a background music (or any other audio) simply by hitting play on another audio source. In this example, we use an iTunes song as background music, then we’ll hit “play” on an iPod music source to automatically override the iTunes source.
Check it out. What else do you want to learn how to do in Halogen? Post it in the Comments, below.
He not someone dressed as a UPS driver for Halloween. It’s Rane’s first HAL4 and EXP7x products shipping. Included in the box, and on Rane’s website is Halogen 4.0 software that adds support for the Web Controls feature in any HAL ever shipped. A firmware update to existing HAL devices allows customizable web page creation within Halogen. Run the custom page(s) on any smartphone, tablet or computer’s web browser (yellow stickies optional).
Here’s a Halogen tutorial video explaining how to setup a HAL4 with custom Web Controls:
You can use a DR3 Remote to select one of several stereo inputs. Here’s a video showing how to set up Halogen to do this for two stereo input sources.
This Halogen tutorial video shows how to link pairs of stereo zones together. Specifically, it does the stereo linking of Selectors and Levels within the Zone Processor DSP block in Halogen. This allows one DR3 Remote to select one (of two) stereo zones. It also shows how to link the left and right output volume controls together for stereo volume control.
Here’s a second video tutorial, shows how to mix two stereo input sources in a single DR3 Remote.
Rane’s DR3 remote and its siblings, the DR2 & DR1, are consistently praised by contractors and consultants as the most intuitive and easy-to-understand control devices – especially when you have end users who need something simple.